Weekly Wrap-Up for the week ending on August 12, 2018

 

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So this week was the week our youngest son attended our church’s service camp.  The youth arrived at the church Tuesday morning complete with clothes, sleeping bags, pillows, Bibles, and whatever else they may need for the week.  They spent their days doing things at, for and with the Youth Group.  They ate all their meals at the church and then had various evening activities including going to play laser tag one night and swimming another night.  At the end of the activities, the girls went to the home of one of the adult leader’s family, while the boys were divided among two different homes.  Our son really enjoyed himself.

This was also a week where very little book work was done, but I have been working on planning our new school year.  Our 15-year-old daughter will be entering 10th grade.  Here is what I have planned for her to do:

  • CTC Math
  • Picta Dicta
  • Grammar Planet
  • American Literature
  • TruthQuest History
  • Biology/Nature Study
  • Violin
  • Art
  • Bible Study with me
  • Latin

Our 17-year-old son will be doing:

  • CTC Math
  • Bible Study
  • Picta Dicta
  • Grammar Planet
  • Literature
  • Exploring World History by Notgrass
  • Chemistry/Marine Biology
  • Latin or Japanese
  • Bible Lessons
  • Photography

Our son is taking responsibility for his own schedule and is inputting them into Homeschool Planet himself.  I am in the process of entering my daughter’s lessons myself.  However, it seems like interruptions sometimes happen and distractions are bad.  But I am fairly happy with our choices.

Wednesday morning, I received a phone call from one of the ladies at our church.  She wanted to know if I could come to help her prepare some pears for canning.  I found out another lady from the church was coming as well.  So I spent about an hour or so of my time helping peel, core, wash the pears along with a few other tasks.  Then as our reward, I was given pears to bring home for our family to “put up” or can.  Originally I wanted to can pear slices.  However, our oldest son decided we needed to make pear preserves like his paternal grandmother did/does.  So he called for instructions and this afternoon, my three sons and I worked to peel, cut and core the pears.  My oldest and youngest son both work independently.  However, my second son decided we should have some kind of assembly line going.  So he peeled the pears, and then I cut them into slices and cored them.  All in all, it went very well considering we had almost 30 pounds of pears to do. I really enjoyed working with my sons.

For dinner, we decided to have a whole roasted chicken along with stuffing.  After the work we did today, a fairly easy dinner like that was appreciated.

Upcoming Reviews & Crew Activities:

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So what is going on in your world?  I would love to hear from you.

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Review of Home School in the Woods’ The Renaissance and Reformation Timeline

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Home School in the Woods is my favorite company for timeline materials, so I was super excited to receive The Renaissance and Reformation Timeline from their À La Carte Timelines projects. Our children tend to enjoy hands-on History studies rather than using a typical textbook.  So I was thrilled for our family to review this product.  I feel Home School in the Woods offers some of the best history studies available.

Home School in the Woods is a hands-on history company, with multiple product lines for all grades from Kindergarten to high school.  These product lines include À La Carte Timeline projects, Hands-on History Lap-Paks, Time Travelers American History, and more.  For this review, we received the digital download of The Renaissance and Reformation Timeline.  I was very excited for our 15-year-old daughter to receive this product.  Moreover, I was excited to work on it as well.

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This scrapbook-style timeline includes artists, historical figures, world leaders, religious leaders and more.  It is recommended for grades 3 to 12th.  I have to say I agree with that recommendation.  For the younger students, they will enjoy cutting and pasting the figures into the timeline. For older students like our daughter who is in high school, this can be a springboard for deeper studies.  My initial plan was to get the timeline completed, which we did.  Now for the upcoming school year, I plan on our daughter researching the events and people included on the timeline in more depth.  I want her to complete notebooking pages on some of the historical people and events on the timeline as well as write some more in-depth reports on others.

 

With this product comes the timeline pages are broken down to time periods and indications on the pages what person or event belongs where.  It includes figures, predated lines, and a teacher’s key, so the only extra supplies needed are glue and scissors.  We simply printed our timeline and figures on normal printer paper.  However, I would recommend using cardstock at least for the timeline pages to make it sturdier.  Also for our purposes right now, we put the completed pages in a Presentation folder.  As I have our daughter do more in-depth studies and she completes more pages, I will probably have her move everything into a binder broken down into the timeline pages, notebooking pages, reports and other items she wishes to include as she completes them.  

 

I feel this product is an excellent springboard for more in-depth studies of historical events and people.  Our family definitely recommends this product line.

One of Home School in the Woods’ newest products is their Project Passport World History Studies.  This series includes hands-on activities.  Students receive a passport and a luggage folder in order to prepare for their journey.  According to their website, students will “Take a trip through history and discover cultures at another era of time with hands-on projects and activities that drive the lessons home in a fun way”  These studies are designed to take approximately 8-12 weeks and are meant for grades 3-8.  Students will learn about everyday life, agriculture, trade, education,  writing, medicine, government, the Bible and more.  So click here if you want to learn more about the Project Passport World History Studies.

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Thoughts for Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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Last Thursday, we had to take our youngest son back to the hearing doctor.  While there we went back to the waterfront.  Here is a picture from our first visit of the flags we saw from one part of the waterfront park.  The second picture is one we took from right beside the flags.

This past week saw our family get a new to us freezer that did not work when we plugged it in.  So we are trying to see if we can get it to work. It will be so nice to have two freezers again.  We like to have one for meat/poultry/pork/fish/shrimp etc. and then the second freezer we like to use for vegetables, fruit and other items.

We have started using the program “Plan to Eat” to help with grocery shopping, meal planning, and even with grocery shopping lists.  I am trying to incorporate some variety into our meals and menu planning.  With that, I want to move into our Tasty Tuesday portion of the day.

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For our Tasty Tuesday meal for this week, I want to share the Shrimp Scampi we had on Friday night.  We used frozen shrimp we bought at the military commissary in Corpus Christi, olive oil, fresh parsley, diced onions, minced garlic, butter and some cooking white wine.  I found the original recipe online and then tweaked it to meet our family’s likes.  We chopped the onion very fine because I have some children who are not fans of onions.  Then I added the white wine for flavor and body even though it was not called for initially.  Finally, we served it over mini bowtie pasta.  The meal was served with a baguette.  I have to say we all enjoyed the meal.

Here are some photographs of the meal.

Then for dinner tonight, we had fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and corn.  Here is a picture of a piece of fried chicken and the mashed potatoes.  My husband does an absolutely amazing job of frying the chicken.

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Review of Northwest Treasures’ Geology and Apologetics

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We recently had the opportunity two review the online class Geology and Apologetics as well as the introductory video Taking the Mystery Out of Geology from Northwest Treasures.  For our family, it is not just enough to believe in the Bible, but we beleive our children should also be able to state what they believe and why.  My children also have expressed an interest in learnning about geology.  We loved how the courses integrated both geology and apologetics.  Apologetics is the reasoned arguments or writings in justification of something, typically a theory or religious doctrine.  The courses we reviewed were online courses that required an Internet connection to access them.

You can read all about Northwest Treasures by clicking here.  Northwest Treasures offers online courses, kits and curriculum and more.  The company offers opportunities for children from grades kindergarten through twelfth grade.  From field trips to Yellowstone National Park under the guidance of Patrick Nurre, the opporutnities and products offer a wealth of experiences to capture your child’s imagination.

The first product we reviewed was “Taking the Mystery Out of Geology”.  According to their website, “This short, 20-minute class from Patrick Nurre is a gold mine of information that will help you to understand geology from a Biblical perspective. You will learn 13 terms that will clarify just what is the science of geology, and what is the philosophy of it.”  Our family found this description to be accurate.  One of the things we absolutely loved about this course was the amazing photographs that were included.  It is meant for grades 5 and up and I felt this was a good range for this video.  However, I believe if you have younger children, they could benefit from listening along with their older siblings.

The second course we received to review was “Geology and Apologetics”.  This is a six-part course, again online, that includes six videos that is meant for grades 8 to adult.  Again, we feel this is an appropriate age range.  Each lesson includes a video to watch that range from around 13 minutes to about 22 minutes long.  The videos include the following topics:

  • Lesson One: Knowing the Scriptures in the Secular Geological Age
  • Lesson Two: Clarifying the Conflict Between Science and the Bible
  • Lesson Three:The Genealogies and Chronologies of Genesis. Are They Accurate and Reliable?
  • Lesson Four: Evolutionary Gaps in the Fossil Record, How Serious Are They?
  • Lesson Five: Dinosaur-to-Bird Evolution, the Story That Never Seems to Die
  • Lesson Six: Time and Chronology in the Secular Geological Age

Each video includes discussion questions at the end.  We were able to watch all the videos, and I have to say if you are looking for high-end expensively produced videos, this may not be for you.  If on the other hand, you are more concerned with content, beautiful photographs and Scriptures to back up what is being said, this will be perfect for your family.

Our family loved how Patrick Nurre seamlessly weaved Scripture, geology, apologetics and real locations into a breath-taking video shots, such as this stained glass window below.

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Another scene that caputred our attention was this one with Hebrew wrting.

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Finally, some other photographs that captured our attention inlcuded these:

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The maps, charts, graphs and pictures Patrick Nurre uses during these videos reinforce everything he is saying.  We loved how everything he said was backed up with Scriptures and facts.  It is easy to see he loves what he does and loves sharing that knowledge with others.  Our favorite lesson was Lesson Three:The Genealogies and Chronologies of Genesis. Are They Accurate and Reliable?  This may be as a result of my husband, an ordained Primitive Baptist Preacher, spending so much time studying this geneaolgy through the years himself and sharing it with us.

For our first time through these videos, we decide to just answer the discussion questions orally rather than having anyone write anything down.  I felt it would give more involvement from our three sons and our daughter.  Moreover, we planned on just using this for enrichment rather than actual course credit. I feel like I want to print out notebooking pages for the vocabulary words, timelines for the time periods and also pages suitable for answering the questions and actually taking notes during the videos.  So I will be back with an update on how that goes and to share some of the pages.

Here are some pictures of the discussion questions for the 6th videos.  Each question comes up individually and you have to manually pause the video so there is time to answer the questions.  When we go back through the videos again, I will provide everyone with any questions, vocabulary, and Scripture references that are utilized in the videos.

In addition to the online classes, Northwest Treasures also offers physical courses such as the high school level Northwest Treasures Curriculum Project or for younger students the Geology for “Little Eyes” series.

You can find Northwest Treasures on social media here on Facebook and here on Pinterest.  Also, Northwest Treasures may be found on SchoolhouseTeachers.com.  I must say I loved that we had the ability to stream the videos through our television using our Roku device rather than having to watch on a small computer screen or hook our computer up to our television using an HDMI cord.

You should check out Northwest Treasures for yourself if you are looking for online courses that include geology classes, Apologetics, or dinasours.  You can read reviews by other members of the Home School Review Crew including Geology and Apologetics or Dinasours and the Bible by clicking here or on the graphic below.

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Review of Love, Honor, and Virtue: Gaining or Regaining a Biblical Attitude to Sexuality

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If you have boys between the ages of 12 and 20 you’ll want to check out Love, Honor, and Virtue: Gaining or Regaining a Biblical Attitude Toward Sexuality from Great Waters Press.  As the mother of three sons: ages twenty-two, ninenteen and seventeen along wiht a daughter who is fifteen, I have to say some conversations are much easier than others.  More importantly, I find conversations with my daughter are easier for me since we are both females.  However, with the days and times we live in, talks about sexuality, relationships and other related topics can not be ignored or avoided.  So I was  grateful to have the opportunity to review this book.
Christian parenting remains a challenge at best and diffiuclt in many cases, especially with teens or tweens.  Christian sex education can be a hard topic to discuss, especially if you grew up with parents who did not discuss the subject readily.  With all the other temptations and opporunties to be exposed to inapporopriate material, a parent has to take steps to counteract such exposures..  For our family, we decided to homeschool years ago, and one of the things we prayed for was the safety and well-being of our children.  However, with the Internet and smart phones, that can be easier to say than done.
Hal and Melanie Young are award winning authors who are not afraid to tackle the tough subjects.  More importantly, they do it in a way that builds on and focuses on Christian values.  They are publishers, writers, bloggers, and very popular conference speakers.  They are the parents of six real sons and two real daughters.  This provides a wealth of real world experience and background to relate to in their writing.
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The book covers everything from how sex was God’s idea to how the enemy perverts God’s Design to Recovering from a Fall to Guy and Girls along with the Road Ahead.  Hal and Melanie Young have done a wonderful job of making a hard topic to talk aout much easier.  One of the things I really appreciated while reading this book was the practical tips and thoughtful manner in which the topics were addressed.  It is defnitely hard for some parents to recognize how easy temptations, traps and other roads to sexual misconduct are for our teenagers and young men.  As the mother of sons, I want my sons to experience such Biblically based books that address these hard topics.  Moreover, as the mother of a daughter, I want the men she wil come in  contact with and eventually marry to be exposed to such materials.

Some of the features I really appreciated about this book was the five point defense along with the summaries found at the end of each chapter.

While these subjects are hard to talk about, this book does an excellent job covering the gap between what the world says and encourages versus what the Scriptures tell us God’s Word requires..   On page 63, I found a quote that summed the message of the book for me.

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So you should check out Love, Honor, and Virtue: Gaining or Regaining a Biblical Attitude Toward Sexuality or one of their other books like   from  Great Waters Press for yourself.  Another great book that members of the Crew are reviewing this week from Great Waters Press is No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope  .  So if you want to read posts from other members of the Home School Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.

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Review of Code For Teens: The Awesome Beginner’s Guide to Programming (Volume 1)

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In this age of technology it is becoming more and more important for students to learn some basic programming skills so I was thrilled to be able to review Code For Teens: The Awesome Beginner’s Guide to Programming (Volume 1) from Code for Teens.  Ever since our family joined the Home School Review Crew a litte over a year and a half ago, I have wanted at least one of children to learn to code, if for no other reason than to be able to help with our blog.  Our seventeen-year-old son carries the torch in this area.  He is willing to take the time and energy to learn to code in order to help me.

With software engineering being among the fastest growing career paths around today, I feel like I would be doing our youngest son a disservice if I did not expose him to coding.  The Code for Teens website states, ” This book is written with the goal of teaching young teenagers to code without ANY parent or teacher involvement. Important concepts are introduced gradually with ample review and many drills and small challenges to ensure that the child understands the concept fully before moving on.”  I loved the idea of my son being able to work independently.

The book was written by Jeremy Moritz and illustrated by his wife Christine Moritz.  I have to say I absolutely love the illustrations.  You can read the introduction and first chapter here on the website just above the superhero looking graphic.  Because JavaScript is the most common language for computer programming, students learn about it in this book.  The book is basically designed for anyone who has at least a sixth-grade reading leve- so basically older children and teenagers.

The book contains an introduction, a section for parents, and then starts off slowly and builds through ten chapters that cover a variety of topics and include such chapter titles as “Hello World!”, “Time to Operate”, “Comments on String Section”, “Projects Galore and More”.  The book also includes a conclusion, answers and a glossary.

Each chapter includes reading, activities, a quiz, key concepts, and drills.  The very first chapter required our son to find the average age of our family using coding.  He really enjoyed this.  Starting with chapter 2, the review is cummulative.  In Chapter 2, the learner works on a project which builds on the concepts introduced in the chapter.

So far our son has completed Chapter 2 and is working on Chapter 3.  Because he already has coding experience, he felt like the book started off a little bit slow for him.  However, a child with no coding experience will probably find this book perfect.  I had him glance through the book and he stated chapter 5 begins to reach a level that will hold his interest more.  You can find Code for Teens on Facebook here.

So far our son is really enjoying the book and I am enjoying seeing what he is creating.  Even though we are off to a slow start, I  can not wait to see what else he learns.  Code for Teens is worth checking out for your own family if your family is interested in learning more about computer programming, coding, or JavaScript.  If you would like to read reviews by other members of the Home School Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.

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Review of Progeny Press’ Perelandra-eguide

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Progeny Press makes earning High School Literature credits easy with high school level study guides such as  Perelandra – eGuide.  When I saw the opportunity come up to review this product, I was thrilled.  I thought my science fiction loving 17-year-old son would possibly love reviewing this product.  When looking for literature curriculum, I want products that include Christian values and beliefs.  I also prefer literature guides that utilize an entire book, rather than ones with a lot of pieces and parts from different literature choices.  I also prefer ones that have lessons plans and involve critical thinking skills. For this review we received the e-guide for Perelandra.  This means we received a downloadable study guide along wth the downloadable answer key.

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Progeny Press is a Christian company that provides literature study guides and e-guides for Kindergarten through twelfth grade. They offer a variety of selections and choices.  The guide we received included activities ranging from vocabulary terms to critical thinking questions to essays and more.  I really loved the study guide included vocabulary, reading comprehension, anaylsis and more.

Because I typically prefer to know what my children are studying and learning about, I decided to work through the Perelandra – eGuide myself before having my son start it.  While I am very familiar with C.S. Lewis, this series was not one I had really heard of , so I was interested in learning more about it.

 

I felt like we were at a slight disadvantage because we had not read the first book in the series.  So I really wish we could have gone through a study guide for the first book in the series before beginning this one.  My recommendation would definitelty be to familiarize yourself with the first book in the series before beginning the guide.  For convenience, we decided to download the actual book for Perelandra by C. S. Lewis on our Kindle app so we could take it wherever we happened to be going. I also downloaded the e-guide and the answer keys on my iPad in iBooks so we could travel with it as well.

 

The guide is meant to be completed in about eight to ten weeks.  Since it is summer here in the United States we went at a slightly slower pace.  We decided to read the chapter(s) in the book before we worked on the questions in the e-guide.  So one day we would read and then we would take the next few days to complete the vocabulary or other questions in the e-guide.  I encouraged our son to take his time with the analysis questions.  If you have a student who finds answering in-depth analysis questions, you many need to provide extra guidance for your learner.

 

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All in all, my son and I have been very pleased with this product and are glad we had the opportunity to use it.  You should definitely check it out for yourself.

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Thoughts for Tuesday, July 3, 2018

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Lately I have been on a real recipe cooking kick.  I want to eat different things and add some variety to our meal plan.  So over the last 7 days, I tried two different recipes that were new to our family.  The first was Brunswick Stew, which I made using a recipe I found online and then tweaking it.  As part of this recipe, I also experimented with making a Carolina-style Vinegar based barbecue sauce.  Now normally, I would not need to do this becacuse my father-in-law makes the absolute best homemade barbecue sauce ever.  However, livng in Texas for the past two years means our supply had ran out and we have not have the means or opportunity to restock.  I have to say it turned out really well.  I used a mixture of pork and chicken along with lima beans, corn, potatoes, chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, the barbecue sauce and some spices.  I have to say it turned out amazing.

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The second new recipe I tried was stuffed shells, which we had for dinner last night.  They turned out really delicious.  We served it with spagetti and meat sauce.  I just wish I could find an amazing lactose-free mozzarella cheese, so our oldest son could partake of the amazing tastes with us.  Here is a picture.

 

On the subject of our oldest son, he did his orientation on Friday and began working as a Nursing Assistant on Saturday.  He works four days on and then has off two days.  So he worked Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and will have tomorrow (Wednesday, July 4th and Thursday, July 5th).  He seems to really like it.  So we will see how things go.  With him leaving the house at around 5:15 to 5:30 in the morning and not getting home until around 3 in the afternoon, I have not gotten a picture of him in his new scrubs yet but I will.

So what is going on in your life?  I would love to hear from you.  If you would like to see what other members of the Home School Review Crew are up to this week, click here or on the graphic below.

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Review of The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective

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Looking for homeschool art history curriculum?  Let me tell you about The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective created by The Master and His Apprentices.  With a daughter who loves everything about art, I am always on the lookout for new art programs that will inspire and motivate our daughter.  For this review we received the downloadable version of this curriculum.  We received Print/Photocopy rights for our family.  I really appreciate this feature.  It means if our older sons wanted to do this program, they also could.

The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective offers a product that is suitable for adults, high school students, parents and artists in a wonderfully inspiring program.  For this review, we received the Digital Edition of the Textbook and Teacher’s Guide.  With the textbook being 380 pages and the Teacher’s Guide being 116 pages, I decided it was in our family’s best interest to download the textbook to our iPad and then print out the Teacher’s Guide.   I made this decision because the textbook contains a tremendous amount of artwork which is in color.  I felt like reading the textbook on our tablet would work fine for our family.

The course is designed for a chapter a week.  My original intention was for our daughter and I to work through the course together.  Even though I claim a limited to non-existent talent in art, this course really excited me.  This course is meant to be a full high school credit when completed.  I love that there is no nudity or other objectionable material included.

The Teacher’s Guide includes what to read, discussion questions, student worksheets, exams and more.  It includes instructions for teachers in classroom settings, Home school parents, record keeping forms (including attendance and grade sheets),a syllabus, terms to describe art, Art History Paper Instructions, weekly discussion question worksheets and exams along with an answer key.

 

I decided the best way to approach The Master and His Apprentices was for my daughter and I to read the textbook on our own and then discuss the worksheets and other questions in the Teacher’s Guide.  This Christian Art History textbook covers an introduction to art, Creation, Ancient Cultures, Classical Antiquity, Middle Ages, the Renissance, and Baroque Era & Beyond.  There are also appendixes that includes essays, a period chart, a timeline, pieces by location, terms to describe art, and even an index.

Because of some things going on in our life for the past few weeks that involved me doing a lot of driving, I decided to have her ride with me and we discussed the material orally rather than having her complete the worksheets by hand.  I felt this gave us the opportunity to go more in depth than what would have happened on paper.  Now that life has settled down, we will probably use a combination of oral and written formats for the worksheets.  Then after we were home, she filled out the worksheets.All of the questions for the worksheets are open-ended rather than multiple choice which I like; since it makes her think more. For the exams there are matching, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blanks, and short essay questions.  The first exam comes at the end of Chapter 7, so we are not quite there yet.  Here is a completed worksheet.

 

As our daughter and I worked through the chapters, I feel like we both enjoyed a greater appreciation of how art and history work together.  We also loved the variety of artistic works included in the textbook.

 

 

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My daughter and I are really enjoying The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective.   So if you are looking for a homeschool art history curriculum, check it out for yourself.  If you would like to read reviews by other members of the Home School Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.

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Review of Persuasive Writing and Classic Rhetoric: Practicing Habits of Great Writers from Silverdale Press LLC

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Making sure that my high school students learn to write well requires me to choose curriculum that teaches students how to write well and Silverdale Press LLC does that with their Persuasive Writing & Classical Rhetoric: Practicing the Habits of Great Writers program.  I felt this program would be a good fit for our 17-year-old son.  The program is designed for students ages 14-18 years old.  We received the downloadable program, which inlcuded:

  • Lesson Book (235 pages)
  • Workbook (consumable, 202 pages)
  • Reader (111 pages)
  • Answer Key (68 pages)

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Silverdale Press LLC is based in Winchester, Virginia.  The company was founded by Joshua and Jill Hummer who parent four young children and are advocates for homeschooling.  Their goal is to help homeschooling parents educate their children with excellence as well as confidence.

As the parent of two sons who hae already graduated along with our 17-year old son, we also have a 15-year-old daughter.  However, we decided to just use this program with our son at this time.  I know at some point in the future I will use this program with our daughter.

The program is designed to be completed in four days a week for 36-weeks.  So it is a full-year program.  Our son does not particularly care for writing so I was not sure how he was going to feel about doing this program.  But he seemed to do alright with the assignments.

The course begins by discussing what persuasive writing and rhetoric along with providing a profile of rhetoric for Patrick Henry.  Each weekly lesson includes reading material found in the Lesson Plan book and the reader along with pages in the workbook.  The course also covers habits of great writers, invention, subject, sources, taking notes through statements of facts, an introduction to style, punctuation and even what real writers do and more.  Pictured below are the table of contents.

I loved the fact that our son could basically work independently.  Every assignment is clearly laid out in the Lesson Plan book, so it did not require a lot of preparation or time on my part.  With the answer key, our son was able to check most of the work by himself.  However, I did try to discuss what he was reading and working on with him. Here are some pictures of the lesson plan book.  The parent can play as much or as little of a role in this course as they want.  However, I feel it is important for parents to at least monitor their student’s progress.  At the beginning of each lesson learning objectives are laid out along with important terms and a schedule.  I like how each week includes a writing assignment.

 

The reader includes readings on people such as Patrick Henry, John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchhill, Sarah Josepha Hale, Benjamin Franklin, Eleanor Roosevel and more.  Each weekly lesson focuses on one of these important people.  The length of the reading assignments varies.  I will say so far our son seemed to think the reading assignments were appropriate in length.

For each day of every lesson, the student will be using the student workbook to answer questions, define terms or complete writing assignments.  I love this daily interaction with what the student is learning.  Obviously the length of time needed to complete the workbook pages varies.  Defining terms or answering questions takes less time than actually writing.  We also appreciated the variety of tasks each day.  Here is a sample of a completed workbook page.

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I have to say our family has enjoyed using  Silverdale Press LLC ‘s Persuasive Writing & Classical Rhetoric: Practicing the Habits of Great Writers program.  So check it out for yourself.  If you would like to read reviews from other members of the Home School Review Crew for this program or their White House Holidays Unit Studies, designed for ages 5-18, click here or on the graphic below.

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